Carlisle Cops: Book One
Officer Red Markham knows about the ugly side of life after a car accident left him scarred and his parents dead. His job policing the streets of Carlisle, PA, only adds to the ugliness, and lately, drug overdoses have been on the rise. One afternoon, Red is dispatched to the local Y for a drowning accident involving a child. Arriving on site, he finds the boy rescued by lifeguard Terry Baumgartner. Of course, Red isn’t surprised when gorgeous Terry won’t give him and his ugly mug the time of day.
Overhearing one of the officer’s comments about him being shallow opens Terry’s eyes. Maybe he isn’t as kindhearted as he always thought. His friend Julie suggests he help those less fortunate by delivering food to the elderly. On his route he meets outspoken Margie, a woman who says what’s on her mind. Turns out, she’s Officer Red’s aunt.
Red and Terry’s worlds collide as Red tries to track the source of the drugs and protect Terry from an ex-boyfriend who won’t take no for an answer. Together they might discover a chance for more than they expected—if they can see beyond what’s on the surface.
Surprising characters and plot
When I chose to read Fire and Water, I think I was expecting an injured character and the person who would change as they came together. The two characters began that way, but I soon knew Red and Terry we good for each other and helped each other overcome problems. I didn’t expect the ex-boy friend to be such a thug and criminal. The added tension as Red protects Terry had me nervous right to the last chapter. The epilogue was a great way to cap the story.
This is the first book I have read by this author, and I really enjoyed it bi fell in love with the dynamic characters and all their perfect flaws. I loved the mystery and suspense as well. It’s a page turner that I highly recommend.
The book starts out as engaging, but things quickly devolve. The relationship happens very quickly, with practically no build-up. It’s a sort of insta-love, insta-trust situation. I’m also not fond of how the two MCs have a habit of validating each other by pointing out the same single point of virtue in each other. They don’t bring up any other qualities in each other they enjoy.
Overall, not a dumpster fire of a book, but painfully mediocre.